Education, Training & Outreach


Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is dedicated to training and learning through international co-operation to share knowledge and best practice. The trust actively seeks international partners for project working and provides a range of training and placement opportunities on Trust projects and training programs.

Estonian students training in stone conservation Traditional woodworking skills Working a pole lathe

As part of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust's European Partnership, five Estonian students from Hiiumaa Vocational College studied conservation skills in Great Yarmouth for two weeks in July 2013.  See the relevant NEWS item.

After the exchange, we have continued to work with the Estonian college, and have had more students learn conservation here.

We were also able to work in partnership with both Bulgaria and Taiwan, having representatives from the Trust visit them to learn how they conserve their history, as well as how they construct their buildings. 

Free Training at Hopton Ruined Church

In 2014, training in working with flint was given at St Margaret's Church in Hopton-On-Sea. This included surveying, flintknapping and working with lime, as well as helping trainees get a CSCS card and first aid training. During this time the trainees were given the task of repairing the ruined church, making it safe enough to be open to the public once again. Due to the risk that came with working on old buildings, the trainees were also thoroughly trained in Health & Safety beforehand.

During the repairs on the tower, two of the trainees were taught by Medieval Masonry Ltd., where they were able to learn about repairing stonework as well as dealing with more dangerous parts of flint walls. 


Peter Laxton and David Harwood working at 133 King Street

Peter Laxton and David Hardwood began working for the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust as trainees on the Cemeteries Project and successfully completed Modules 1 and 2, gaining valuable skills and experience including masonry, lime mortar, surveying and recording. Peter and David have now moved onto another Trust project at 133 King Street, and are undertaking a 2 year apprenticeship in carpentry. This will include the repair of traditional sash windows and other historic joinery. 

Before training with GYPT, both Peter and David had been unemployed for several years. The trust is committed to training and tackling the acute traditional building skills shortages in the area with the aim to establish a highly skilled work force. This enables us to both repair and maintain the town’s historic buildings, and to promote traditional skills.


Great Yarmouth College

Great Yarmouth College Students Working in the Cemeteries

In 2013, the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust worked in partnership with Great Yarmouth College to deliver traditional skills and heritage training to students on their basic construction course. The students worked towards an accredited Level 2 award in Building Heritage. Work experience for this qualification was undertaken on the Trust's Cemeteries Project. The Trust provided training in skills including surveying, recording and analysis, and practical skills in lime mortar work, masonry and stone consolidation.

Icon Heritage Level 2 Qualification (111.9 KB)

After the students finished their work experience, some went on to volunteer with the St Margaret's Church project in Hopton during their free time, where two of the students became apprentices with Wellington Construction Ltd.

In 2014, we once again had students from Great Yarmouth College do some work experience with us, this time during the St Margaret's Church project in Hopton-On-Sea. The students that worked with us had already shown to be Health & Safety conscious in college, as well as proved themselves with manual skills. These students were able to learn how to use older materials in construction than what they are used to.

Free Conservation Training at Great Yarmouth Cemeteries

This was a free training programme delivered from January to July 2013 for those interested in gaining conservation skills through work carried out as part of the Great Yarmouth Cemeteries Project. In the first module of the training programme, trainees learnt how to research, record and survey tombs and monuments which are in a state of disrepair, and how to make specifications.  In the second module, basic skills were provided in practical conservation work under the supervision of conservation specialists.  The trainees repaired twenty-five monuments during this time.  Training was delivered two days per week, one group on a Monday and the other on a Tuesday. 

TCHC link

This training was funded by TCHC Community Fund.

Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme

Historic Building Window Repair

 Historic peg tile roof repair

A 3 day programme for a training course to engage young people with traditional building skills was delivered at Great Yarmouth College on 19th - 21st October, 2011. The scheme was designed and implemented with our partners The Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Skills for which training was provided included masonry and lime, flint and stone, damp and decay, timber frames, joinery and carpentry, thatching, lime plastering, surfaces and finishing.

A presentation covering the conservation work of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and Great Yarmouth Borough Council created opportunities for the young people to discuss conservation issues with Darren Barker, Project Organiser for the Trust.

Icon Yarmouth THI Programme October 2011 (68.1 KB)

Understanding and engaging with heritage through art

Middlegate Community Garden Photograph by Derek Jackson

We also offer skills and support in facilitating community consultation on heritage projects. Such engagement was highly significant in the process of developing the proposal for the Tower Curing Works in Blackfriars Road to be conserved and re-used as the Time and Tide Museum, and in evolving concepts for the museum.

The trust has worked with a number of artists to engage the community and “hard to reach” groups with heritage through art. One example of such project is the Middlegate Community Garden alongside the English Heritage Row Houses on South Quay. Whilst this garden was being designed, built and furbished, the artist Andrew Tanser, in partnership with the Youth Offending Team, delivered workshops with young offenders from the nearby estate. A sense of ownership achieved by the young people meant that regular acts of vandalism were a thing of the past.

Sculpture Crana by Alison Atkins, 2004, photograph by Derek Jackson 2009 Stone Sofa by Andrew Tanser, 2004, photograph by Derek Jackson 2009

Commissioned Sculpture at Middlegate Garden, left to right, The Wish by Alison Atkins, Swill Baskets, by Alison Atkins, Stone Sofa, by Andrew Tanser.

Lime Plaster Training Workshop Lime Plaster Training Workshops Training, Plaster Ornamentation

Lime Plaster Training Workshop

Artist Blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fransham Forge Chain Form Erected at South-West Entrance to St Georges Park Seagulls by Norwich sculptor Ros Newman - Photograph by Derek Jackson

Sculpture commissioned in 2008 for the south-west entrance to St Georges Park as part of a park enhancement scheme, Chain Form by artist blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fransham Forge, surmounted by Seagulls by Norwich sculptor Ros Newman